From 1 to 5 September, NORDEM held its annual course on democratization and human rights-based field work amid the farmlands and rolling hills of Hadeland, north of Oslo.
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In August, NORDEM roster members Hans Dieset and Yasir Iftikhar joined the EU Election Assessment Team to Afghanistan on an unusual mission.
As part of a group of 100 Long Term Observers from 20 EU member states and Norway, they were tasked with assessing the Afghan Independent Election Commission's audit of some eight million ballots, stored in four dusty warehouses on the edge of Kabul.
Ingvil Conradi Andersen embarks on her first NORDEM assignment as a Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM), based in Vienna.
In the coming years, Ingvil will be monitoring violations of freedom of expression in the entire OSCE region.
On August 25th 2014, new Vietnamese government regulations on police investigations came into effect.
- That government officials are now speaking openly on issues such as wrongful convictions is a step in the right direction, says Gisle Kvanvig, Director of the Vietnam Programme at the NCHR.
Mahaarum Kusama Pertiwi graduated from NCHR’s Master Program “Theory and Practice of Human Rights” in May 2014. As part of her degree, she conducted an internship with the Indonesia Programme and its partner Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang.
For the second consecutive year the Indonesia Programme has been supporting a regional course in humanitarian law in cooperation with TNI, FRR Law Office and the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, Sanremo.
The training was held in Central Kalimantan province, Lamandau district, Delang sub-district, and attended by 45 participants, who mainly were village heads and other people involved in village administration.
In 2013, the Indonesia Programme cooperated with several Indonesian NGOs on monitoring the human rights impact of palm oil in Central Kalimantan.
In cooperation with the Jakarta-based Institute for Ecosoc Rights, the Indonesia Programme has conducted a range of activities in the province of East Nusa Tenggara between 2008 and 2011, aiming to increase civil society's capacity to work for human rights.
Marek Linha, a master student at NCHR has taken a closer look at the results achieved.
The Centre for Human Rights Studies at the Indonesian Islamic University (Pusham UII), have undertaken to conduct a study on the business legislation in Indonesia’s compliance with human rights standards, supported by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.
Among the Indonesians attending the course in 2013 were Sri Puji Astuti and Elisabeth Siahaan from the Directorate General of Human Rights in the Ministry of Law and Human Rights as well as Tody Baskoro and Dinie S.M. Arief from the Directorate of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also Muktiono from the Brawijaya University and Roy Irawan from the Muhammadiyah University in Malang attended the course.
Sébastien Coquoz graduated from the master programme 'the Theory and Practice of Human Rights' earlier this year. His thesis was to a considerable extent based on information he gathered while he conducted an intership at the Centre for Human Rights Studies at the Islamic University of Indonesia.
A training on human rights and anti-corruption measures was conducted in Yogyakarta November 17 to 22. The participants were heads of Indonesian high, district and corruption courts from Indonesian western provinces in Sumatera, Java and Kalimantan.
Two trainings for Indonesian university lecturers focusing on civil and political rights were conducted in May 2013.
Although many books have been written on fundamentalism in Indonesia, almost all of them have underestimated or neglected the role of women. There is an urgent need to include women in the de-radicalisation efforts in Indonesia, concludes a newly published book supported by the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
NORDEMer Trude Johansson ble intervjuet av australsk radio (på norsk) om hvordan det er å være valgobservatør.
"NORDEM ble startet som et prosjekt for 20 år siden. Behovene ute i felt har endret seg, men ikke avtatt. Snarere tvert i mot. Med regjeringens prioritering av menneskerettighter i utenrikspolitikken fortsetter NORDEM å være relevant."
Dette skriver skriver leder av internasjonale programmer ved Norsk Senter for Menneskerettigheter, Siri Skåre, i denne kronikken som ble publisert siste utgave av Flyktninghjelpens magasin Perspektiv.
The Carter Center deployed on July 7 an international election observation mission for Tunisia's national elections on Oct. 26 and Nov. 23, 2014.
One NORDEM election expert has taken on the position as Observer Coordinator in Core team. In addition, NORDEM supports the mission with one Long-term Observer (LTO).
- The opportunity to do an internship with the Vietnam Program, and later write my master thesis on Vietnam, has given me an enhanced understanding of human rights in both theory and practice, says Frida Pareus, newly graduated master student at the NCHR.
Following an official invitation, and based on the findings and conclusions of an OSCE/ODIHR Needs Assessment Mission undertaken from 7 to 9 May, the OSCE/ODIHR has deployed a Limited Election Observation Mission (LEOM) to observe the 10 August presidential election.
After a morning session outlining the current political climate in Vietnam, after lunch the seminar titled “Southeast Asia at yet another Crossroad” took a closer look at the situation in Indonesia as of June 2014; one month before the presidential elections and two months after the parliamentary elections.
ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) announces the launch of ODIHR’s new Hate Crime Reporting website, a brand new interactive and user-friendly platform.
ODIHR invites you to use this website as another tool to better understand and respond to hate crime.
In the first week of June, three officers from the Ministry of Public Security and four lecturers from the Peoples Police Academy in Hanoi visited Oslo and Lausanne. This was a first step towards possibly developing an expert group in Investigative Interviewing in Viet Nam.
IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems) sponsors an annual photography contest that seeks photographs of individuals taking part in elections or other activities that demonstrate the value of democratic governance and civic engagement.
A total of 35 NORDEM Election Observers have been sent to the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission in Ukraine. In addition, NORDEM currently contributes six monitoring officers to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.